Why I May Not Come to Your Direct Selling Party

It seems like every day I get an invite to one of those parties. I make it sound like a dirty word, don't I? To be fair, it's not always the same kind of party. Oh no, we've got an abundance of choices; Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Tupperware, Perfectly Posh, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, ItWorks Wraps, Noonday... 

It's not that I hate these companies or their products. In fact, I love some of them quite a lot. I have a necklace from Origami Owl, lots of Pampered Chef products in my kitchen, and Noonday jewelry in my jewelry box. My problem is the sheer volume of them. I have about 400 friends on Facebook (which is another matter entirely) so if even half of them have a party & invite me, I'm screwed.

#1 I don't have the money for this stuff. Ever. Especially now that we are eating healthy. Those fruits and veggies can be costly! If I bought something from every party - well, let's face it, I couldn't! I can't be the only one who has this issue. In fact, I know I'm not! 

#2 It feeds my materialistic side. Most of us struggle with this but I really do. I begin to want, well, everything! I don't have the house or budget (see #1) for that. And, on that note, do we really NEED this much stuff? Am I the only one who buys things I need only to be getting rid of it at a yard sale a year or two later?

#3 It seems to be the only time I see these people. This makes me sad. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances that I want to see but life gets in the way. Honestly, how can we have time to plan a party for one of these companies and not have time to grab coffee and chat? One word. Priorities. I'm one of the worst offenders of this. 

Now look, I don't want to be uninvited to every party or be blacklisted for being a party pooper. I'm also not saying that people who choose to do these parties are bad in any way. All I am saying is...let's have a little balance. I don't know, have a party for the sake of friendship (and wine) instead of exchanging dollars for products every once in a while.

1 comment

Becky Dougherty said...

As a sales consultant with Celebrating Home, I actually completely understand this! There are SO many direct sales companies out there, and I don't know if it's just because I'm part of one or what, but it seems like EVERYONE has their hand in one (or more). My FB news feed always contains posts for people's businesses, and I know that I use mine for it, too!

As terrible as it is, I often don't participate in others' parties because I'm supposed to be using Celebrating Home to earn extra money for my family.....not spend it on other stuff! I usually feel obligated to buy if someone has had a party with or purchased something from me before, and that can be a vicious cycle.

It's because of this that I've decided to focus my business on fundraising. We have AMAZING profit margins on our fundraisers, and I want to HELP people. I think that helping others will be much more satisfying!